“I originally purchased the piece from Facebook Marketplace for $50, it was the top of an old hutch that was then turned into a TV unit", Shaylee told Home Beautiful.
“I love the Hamptons-style decor and as I currently live in a rental its hard to customise your home as renovations are out of the question.”
The TV unit was the perfect height and size for creating a fireplace and Shaylee had a clear vision for what it could become.
“I knew that if I turned it upside down I could use the detailed edging as the top of the mantlepiece,” she explained.
“With help from my dad I was able to cut the big pieces of MDF board to size with a table saw. We also cut out a bit of the shelving so the inside of the fireplace was a bit bigger and more realistic.”
To cover the front and top of the mantel she used 3mm MDF board (2400 x 1200), a nail gun and PVA glue to hold down and secure the boards.
Once the foundation was completed, Shaylee used mouldings from Bunnings to create the squares on the façade. She also added a thick piece of moulding to the centre of the fireplace to block off the “chimney” section using PVA glue and small nails.
“The least fun part was sanding it back to remove the green colour off the sides,” she says.
“To create the elegant Hamptons style, I used Rust-oleum Linen White Chalk Paint. I gave the fireplace two or three coats for maximum coverage and to cover any imperfections.
“The inside of the fireplace is painted with White Knight Flat Black. Painting the inside black gives the illusion of depth as a usual fireplace would have.
“Lastly the base was made from MDF board also to give the grand luxury feel. This fireplace is completely rental friendly as nothing is screwed or nailed into the wall and it's very sturdy. And come time to move again, we can easily remove it.”
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